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A Song of Roses
Virna Sheard


'Tis time to sing of roses: of roses all ablow,
To every vagrant passing breeze they dip a courtesy low,
'Tis time to sing of roses! for June is here, you know.

One song for true love's roses of sweetest deepest red,
Some heart will wear you faithfully when life itself hath fled,
And for the white rose sing a song - the white rose for the dead.

And, ah! the yellow roses, of brightest, lightest gold;
King Midas must have touched their leaves in mystic days of old,
Or they were made of sunshine, and gilded, fold by fold.

And the roadside rose, sweet-briar, we would remember thee,
And the cinnamon rose that evermore enthralls each passing bee,
You old, old-fashioned roses, a-growing wild and free.

'Tis time to sing of roses! of roses all ablow!
They come again, as sweet, my dear, as those of long ago.
'Tis time to sing of roses! for June is here you know.

This poem is in the public domain.


Virna Sheard (1862 - 1943) was a Canadian poet and novelist. She often used nature as a theme for her work.





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Absolutely heavenly! I LOVE this type of poetry.
Posted 06/04/2019 10:05 AM
Ah, tercets of end-rhymes, cadence, and roses . . . how could she go wrong?
Posted 06/04/2019 12:00 AM
Rhymes are well chosen. I count mostly hexameter (6), not pentameter (5). I don't usually like "old-fashioned" poetry, but this one's a keeper.
Posted 06/03/2019 03:23 PM
michael escoubas:
This poem is a clinic in iambic pentameter and end-line rhyme; delightful and winsome. Perfect for early June! Thank you.
Posted 06/03/2019 10:52 AM
Our roses are wild.
Posted 06/03/2019 09:00 AM
Yep. My roses are 'ablow'. Good poem to honor them. Enjoyed reading this.
Posted 06/03/2019 08:46 AM

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